Lake Ontario and tributaries: Action in Lake Ontario is not on fire, but they were starting to catch a few fish off Olcott and Wilson. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli, look for the best chance for success between 180 to 350 feet of water with spoons. There has been a mixed bag of fish, from the occasional king and coho salmon to steelhead and lake trout. Lots of bait has been reported by anglers and it could be gizzard shad.
Upper Niagara River: The Kelly’s Korners Bass Contest was held on the opening day of the bass season. Randy Fischer of Niagara Falls led a field of 68 competitors to earn $860 for his two-fish total of 10.41 pounds. His total included the big fish for the tournament, a 5.3-pound smallmouth he hauled in from 29 feet of water off Waneka along Lake Erie. Fishing for bass has been good – both largemouth and smallmouth.
Lower Niagara River: Moss continued to pose a problem for shore casters and boat drifters throughout the river. Remember that bass and muskie seasons are now open if you want to try and give it a go. For bass, you can now use live bait. Because of the moss situation, not too many people have been out fishing. Off the NYPA fishing platform, there have been reports of smallmouth bass and silver bass most frequently. Use tubes jigs or live bait to take fish.
Lake Erie and tributaries: Some decent bass action was keeping anglers busy, especially since many of the anglers targeting walleye have slowed a bit of late. New York Outdoor News Editor Steve Piatt spent a morning on the water off the windmills with Capt. Frank Campbell and the result were Piatt’s four or five biggest smallmouth bass of all time. They hovered between 4 and 5 pounds as they dealt with a mix of weather conditions. They also caught walleye, sheepshead and silver bass. Best bait was a plastic swimbait attached to a quarter-ounce or three-eighths-ounce jig head. Chartreuse worked best. A green tube jig also produced some nice smallies. Walleye were starting to pick up a little more during the day, but night fishermen were still catching some fish, too. During the day, use a three-way rig to bottom bounce places like Myers Reef. Perch action was still spotty.
Chautauqua Lake: Largemouth bass action was pretty good for anglers using plastic baits tubes, swimbaits and worms. Target the shallows, around the weeds and around docks. Muskie fishing continued to be pretty good. Troll or cast large crankbaits. Walleye fishing was slow but panfish action was starting to pick back up again.
Orleans County: Northeast winds have managed to push cold water closer to the southern shore on Lake Ontario. The long-range weather forecast called for more east and northeast winds, which means cold water will remain as the “inside” water. Boats are going out to at least the 33 line to find warmer water and some fish. It sounds like the junk lines were taking more fish than the riggers. What we really need is some northwest winds to move that warmer water back to the inside where it belongs.
The 5th Annual Glenwood Lake Carp Derby was a rain-dampened event, but still attracted over 70 entrants.
On Lake Alice, catches of rock bass, crappie, bluegill and bass were still being reported.
On The Oak, some great catches of bass were being reported, as well as northern pike.